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'Refocused' range cuts grades but adds standard features to flagship model.

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Lexus has unveiled a swathe of changes to its RX SUV line-up, including new, fewer grade options and more equipment as standard.

The RX, regarded as the flagship SUV in the Lexus range, will now be available in a choice of only three grades, following the structure introduced with other models and dubbed RX, F Sport and Takumi. A series of option packs will allow buyers to add extra styling, comfort, safety and technology as they wish.

Extended equipment levels include the fitting of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of active safety systems as standard to every RX. Collision warning and autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping and sway warning aids, traffic sign recognition and auto high-beam lights all feature in the system.

Entry-level RX models now come with 18-inch alloy wheels, smooth leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system accessed through an eight-inch display screen, DAB radio, front and rear parking sensors and keyless entry.

Three option packs are available for the RX. The Sport Pack adds 20-inch alloy wheels, spindle grille and door mirror casings all in black. The Premium Pack also includes 20-inch alloys, along with a 12-inch navigation system, triple-eye LED headlamps, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated steering wheel, power tailgate and wireless smartphone charger.

Lexus RX L interior and dashboard | The Car Expert

Premium Pack buyers can also add a Tech and Safety Pack. This includes a colour head-up display, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking, auto-folding/auto-dimming door mirrors, a power tailgate with a no-touch sensor and a panoramic roof.

F Sport equipment now includes a heated steering wheel and power tailgate with hands-free sensor operation, alongside existing features such as the bespoke grille, aluminium pedal set, bespoke seats and steering wheel and adaptive variable suspension.

The range-topping RX Takumi gains a new power-folding function for the rear seats, which also have integrated heaters. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system and 360-degree panoramic view monitor also feature.

Also standard on the Takumi are the Tech & Safety Pack, plus semi-aniline leather upholstery, 10-way power front seat adjustment, and memory settings for the front seats, steering wheel and door mirrors.

RX F Sport owners can also specify a Takumi Pack option – this includes the Tech and Safety Pack content, plus power-folding rear sets, heated rear seats, the Mark Levinson audio system, 360-degree panoramic view camera, card key and a panoramic roof.

The seven-seat RX L also adopts the new grade names, with the SE, Luxury and Premier replaced by RX L and Takumi.

Lexus RX L exterior - rear
Lexus RX L

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.